Making – Post Perspective

Post perspective is designed to stretch and expand out perspective behind the purpose of which is was designed. We were shown an image from Google maps where each building was taken at a different perspective yet placed in the same overview of the city, the photo did not confuse me at all I just accepted it automatically. This shows that overtime our notion of perspective has adapted overtime to understand things that wouldn’t usually make any sense, in fact it wasn’t until our lecturer pointed it out that I saw all the different perspectives of the building.

There are 4 main techniques of post perspective:

1. The multiplication of views and viewpoints

Most images have one vanishing points for example a long path going off into the distance but in real life there are actually many vanishing points. Clive Head does a great job showing this in his artwork, at first it may look strange but the artwork comes together to make a really interesting and thought provoking piece.

Clive Head

2. The adoption of a non-human viewpoint

Some artwork makes us question how the artist has come to such a viewpoint in the first place, Therese Oulton is a great example of this. Her artwork is confusing at first because it’s hard to understand where she is to paint the artwork she creates, some of her work shows her looking down at an un-human height and others are at angles that just wouldn’t be possible to create with some sort of machine. Therese actually uses Google Earth to create her images which explains why some of her work is hard to understand at first because of this her artwork is really interesting to look at and examine.

Therese Oulton

Another great example of a non-human viewpoint is the work of Andreas Gefeller and his panel buildings. For these images he takes a top view of each room separately and pieces them together. It makes you question does he give you more than what we could possible see with our own eyes?

Andreas Gefeller

3. Doubling and repetition

Doubling and repetition can create endless art which makes us question when it ends or if there is an ending to the image. Charles Avery’s Eternal Forest is a really interesting piece which uses repetition to create an endless forest. If the forest was real wherever you stood you’d be in the same place, it’s quite a surreal piece of artwork it’s so simples yet so clever.

Charles Avery

A great example of doubling in art is Gerhard Richter’s Sea Sea, using the image of the sea he creates the sea and the sky. It’s so clever that unless you were told you probably wouldn’t even notice that the sky is actually just another image of the sea.

Gerhard Richter

4. Historical perspective

Historical perspective can be quite confusing to understand, the best example of this is Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Princess Diana which was made in 1999 yet Princess Diana died in 1997, this makes us question the historical authenticity of the photo. It is in fact a photo of the wax work of Princess Diana and is a representation of a representation.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

I thought the lecture was really interesting and made me think about art in a way I’d never seen it before. I never really considered how many different types of perspective there was until now and it’s made me want to try out some of these different perspectives myself, I particularly like Clive Head’s work with multiple vanishing points and think his work is really thought provoking.


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